Library Card Adventures

in Inner Blocks3 months ago

I previously mentioned a pair of tow-headed boys who regularly use our library computers and frequently lose their library cards. The two were back today, and I had an amusing interaction with them at the circulation desk.

The elder was focusing more on excavating in his backpack as he walked up, so he didn't notice me reaching into the drawer for the lost library card bag until I asked him something like, "Are you looking for these?" I had taped together his wallet card and keychain card, since both had been turned in at the front desk after previous visits. Of course, he looked a bit embarrassed, but he was grateful.

The younger suddenly exclaimed, "I left my library card at home on the window sill!" The elder, despite just having been handed evidence of his own frequent forgetfulness, began to berate the younger as only a self-righteous and not-at-all self-aware sibling can. I handed out a guest pass as a stop-gap for the day, and all was well again.

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We also had a visit from a couple of out-of-state retirees who are moving to the area and wanted to explore the local library, as anyone should when moving. I was feeling a bit silly, so when the wife asked what she needed to do for a library card, I swept my arm grandly toward the distance and said, "first, you must climb the mountain, slay the dragon at its peak, and bring back a vial of its blood." I swung my arm in another direction and continued, "Then, swim to the bottom of the lake and steal the pearl from the lonely oyster there." She chucked and said she had already done those things, so I told her all we needed was a short form filled out and some kind of proof of address.

She didn't have that paperwork finalized yet, but I sent the application form with her, and anticipate she and her husband will soon return to complete the process. Should I still demand proof of the blood and pearl if she comes back tomorrow?

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It would be terribly amusing (and mark them as amazing library patrons XD) if they came back with something that could be construed of as a vial of dragon blood and a pearl XD

and you may need to invite them to the library dnd game XD

Oooh, I so hope they do!

I'm glad those folks have a good sense of humor. I hope they bring back the requested items....well, reasonable facsimiles.

Demand proof!!

I'm not sure if she can show the evidence but it's a good joke hahaha. I don't know which of these two boys is the weirder. My vote for old one.

Shame, those poor kids. I remember being like the little one and full of forgetfulness. I'm glad you were able to return the eldest's card. I think losing your card outside of home is far worse than leaving it on the windowsill, he should have been damn mighty grateful!

"first, you must climb the mountain, slay the dragon at its peak, and bring back a vial of its blood." I swung my arm in another direction and continued, "Then, swim to the bottom of the lake and steal the pearl from the lonely oyster there."

I just love it 🤣 and yes, you should totally demand the vial and oyster pearl in exchange for the card 😃

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